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Cadmus & Ismenian Dragon | Attic red figure vase painting
Museum Collection Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Catalogue No. New York 07.286.66
Beazley Archive No. 207136
Ware Attic Red Figure
Shape Krater, Calyx
Painter Attributed to the Spreckels Painter
Date ca 450 B.C.
Period Classical


Cadmus battles the dragon-serpent of the sacred Ismenian spring. The hero holds a water jug (hydria) and wields a stone in his hand. The serpent rises up from the spring which is represented by a cluster of reeds and the water's native Naiad-nymph Ismene seated on a rock. Kadmos arrives at the sacred Ismenian spring with a jug (hydria) to collect water for libations. Two gods flank the scene--Athena on the left supporting Cadmus and Ares on the right driving the serpent.

This image is montage of several photos of the vase.


Ismenian Dragon, Ares, Athena, Ismene